Newcastle have completed the deadline day signing of 21-year-old attacking midfielder Rodrigo Vilca.
The playmaker has joined on a four-year deal from Deportivo Muncipal, but will head straight to the club’s Academy set-up under Ben Dawson and Chris Hogg.
The deal, which had looked like being called off, has gone through for a fee of around £250,000.
“The process had a lot of phases, with all this Covid disaster, so it has been a rollercoaster of emotions.
“I have cried with emotion, not once but several times, because there have been different milestones.
In it for the long haul
“At times I have been tense, but now I am very happy and I hope to have a long and successful time in Newcastle.
“It seems a very nice city, the hotel has a very nice view (of the Tyne and Millennium bridges). I hope to train as soon as possible now. I don’t want to lose time – I want to be ready!”.
Hogg, Newcastle’s lead player development coach for the Under-23 side, added: “We’re delighted to have Rodrigo here. He’s an exciting attacking player, and we’ll be hoping to see that attacking ability.
“We’ll be looking to give him the opportunity to improve with us and be a part of Newcastle United’s future.”